Red Hot Chili Peppers

Now all hovering around their early fifties — save new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer — the Red Hot Chili Peppers are modern-rock graybeards, the last vestiges of a bustling and profitable music scene in the late '80s and '90s. At this point the band can boast almost three generations of fans, the oldest of whom saw their hedonistic '80s cock-sockin' period. More still came aboard during their mature, introspective '90s heyday, and now a new generation only knows today's RHCP: ever energetic, but with a keen eye on their mortality. They remain somewhat synonymous with the frat set, but once you can get around that, their new material — 2011's I'm With You wasn't bad — pays off.


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